Fender Highway One Stratocaster [2006-2011]
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Fender Highway One Stratocaster [2006-2011]

Highway One Stratocaster [2006-2011], STC-Shaped Guitar from Fender in the Stratocaster series.

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Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 37 reviews )
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iamqman10/29/2011

iamqman's review"Cool headstock"

Fender Highway One Stratocaster [2006-2011]
The Fender Stratocaster is the evolution of the original Fender telecaster guitar from tender music company. This guitar is basically the instrument that revolutionize and redefine rock 'n roll. It's a great sounding guitar and almost perfect instrument from start to finish. It has a great balance and crate feel and that's why it's been bleeding instruments and electric guitar for the last half century.

UTILIZATION

Fender Highway 1 Stratocaster Features:

* Color: 3-color Sunburst
* Body Type: Solidbody electric.
* Finish: Satin nitrocellulose lacquer.
* Neck Wood: Maple.
* Neck Shape: Modern "C" shape with 9.5-inch radius.
* Body Wood: Solid alder.
* Machine Heads: Fender / Ping standard cast / sealed tuners.
* Fingerboard: Rosewood.
* No. of Frets: 22.
* Position Markers: Dot inlays.
* Pickups: Three vintage style single coils with staggered polepieces and Alnico magnets.
* Controls: Master volume, two tone.
* Bridge/Tailpiece: Vintage style synchronized tremolo.
* Pickup Switching: Five-position blade switch.
* Hardware: Chrome.
* Case: Deluxe Gig Bag included
* Scale Length: 25.5 inches.

SOUNDS

The tone of this guitar is fantastic. Especially when you couple it with a nice heavy amplifier such as a Mesa boogie or a Marshall amplifier. You get a great singing sustain in tone that is very blossoming and fruitful. It has a great earthy tone that mixes well and pretty much any style of music you can imagine. There really isn't a style music that this guitar can't fit in unless you're talking about heavily dropped tuned metal guitar sounds. Other than that is get the guitar can pretty much do just about anything. It's extremely versatile and overall just a perfect instrument. I really like the sound of these guitars primarily with the Marshall amplifier but pretty much any amplifier that you have this guitar will bring out the best and I gear.

OVERALL OPINION

You can find his guitars for right around $730 new on the online retailers and in most retailer guitar shops. You can also find them used pretty easily as well. I suggest trying out a few in finding out which neck you prefer because the next can change from guitar to guitar as well as with each reissue and model number.
iamqman09/12/2011

iamqman's review"American Classic!!!"

Fender Highway One Stratocaster [2006-2011]
The Fender Stratocaster highway one guitar is a greatly priced American-built Fender guitar. I was surprised to see how low and competitive the price of this guitar is especially being American-made guitar. At new you can find these guitars for little over $700 which is an exceptional price for an American made Fender Stratocaster guitar. I'm not exactly sure why it is that these are about 400 or $500 less than a lot of their other fender Stratocaster guitars because they have such a great feeling a great tone overall.

These guitars feature in alder body with a maple neck. You have 22 jumbo frets and a 25 inch scale length neck. Most of the hardware is chrome which sets the guitars look off very nicely. I also like the larger headstock which is a very vintage look to this guitar.

UTILIZATION

Fender Highway One Stratocaster Specifications

* Series: U.S. Special Series
* Body: Alder
* Neck: Maple, Modern C Shape (Polyurethane Finish)
* Fingerboard: Rosewood or Maple, 9.5 inches Radius (241 mm)
* Number of Frets: 22 Jumbo Frets
* Scale Length: 25.5 inches (648 mm)
* Width at Nut: 1.6875 inch (43 mm)
* Hardware: Chrome
* Machine Heads: Fender/Ping Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
* Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
* Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
* Pickups: 3 Hot Single-Coil Strat Pickups with Staggered Pole Pieces, Alnico 3 Magnets
* Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade:
o Position 1. Bridge Pickup
o Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup
o Position 3. Middle Pickup
o Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup
o Position 5. Neck Pickup
* Controls: Master VolumeTone 1. (Neck Pickup) Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
* Strings: Fender Super Bullet 3250L’s, Nickel Plated Steel, (.009 to .042)
* Accessories: Includes Deluxe Fender Gig Bag
* Unique Features:
o Satin Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish
o Parchment Plastic Parts
o Large ‘70s Style Headstock Shape
o Large ‘70s Style Headstock Logo
o Original Body Shape with Original Contour Body Decal on Headstock
o H/S/S Pickup Routing


SOUNDS

The tone of this is an exceptional tone and can be used in any guitar amplification and setting. Whether you use a clean and with a overdrive pedal in front of it or you're using a high gain amplifier with no pedals this is a great guitar for pretty much any genre of music in any amplifier that you use. It is a great look with its red paint job body and it's white guard and maple neck. Overall it's a beautiful guitar and a price that is just amazing.

I was like listening to a Fender Stratocaster on the neck pick up because I have a great bluesy tone and gives the voicing of a Fender Stratocaster in all of its glory. It's a very versatile guitar and can be used in pretty much any style of music imaginable. The alder wood is my favorite wood in that strat body style as well as the maple neck. So overall this just a great guitar and a great price especially for my needs.

OVERALL OPINION

You can find these guitars right around $730 in the new market which is a great price for an American made guitar. It's a fun guitar and one of the best and most versatile and iconic guitar that is ever been produced. Highly recommend every guitar player looking to get one of the most versatile guitars for recording or digging. This is an awesome guitar and for the price you can't really beat that.
King Loudness08/11/2011

King Loudness's review"Ouuu, nitro"

Fender Highway One Stratocaster [2006-2011]
The Fender Highway One Strat was introduced a number of years ago as a lower priced counterpart to the famed American Standard version. It features many of the same features, but the most notable difference is a thinner nitro lacquer finish that will age quicker and give your guitar a more relic'd appearance, as well as improve the tone because of the minimal coats of finish. Otherwise, it features an alder body, a maple neck with 22 frets, a CBS style headstock, a Fender bridge and tuners, and 3 alnico magnet pickups with the Fender Greasebucket tone circuit living inside. Here's the full list of specs:

Body Alder
Neck Maple, Modern C Shape,
(Satin Urethane Finish)
Fingerboard Rosewood (p/n 011-1160) or Maple (p/n 011-1162), 9.5 Radius (241 mm)
No. of Frets 22 Jumbo Frets
Pickups 3 Hot Single-Coil Strat Pickups with Alnico 3 Magnets and Reverse Wound/Reverse Polarity Middle Pickup
Controls Master Volume,
Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Greasebucket Tone Circuit, (Rolls Off Highs without Adding Bass)
Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup), Greasebucket Tone Circuit, (Rolls Off Highs without Adding Bass)
Pickup Switching 5-Position Blade:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup
Position 3. Middle Pickup
Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup
Position 5. Neck Pickup
Bridge Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
Machine Heads Fender/Ping Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
Hardware Chrome
Pickguard 3-Ply Parchment
Scale Length 25.5 (648 mm)
Width at Nut 1.6875 (43 mm)
Unique Features Satin Nitrocellulose Lacquer Body Finish,
Parchment Plastic Parts,
Large 70s Style Headstock Shape,
Large 70s Style Headstock Logo,
Original Body Shape,
Original Contour Body Decal on Headstock,
H/S/S Pickup Routing,
Reverse Wound/Reverse Polarity Middle Pickup
Accessories Deluxe Gig Bag

UTILIZATION

The design of this guitar feels good overall. It feels a bit slicker and I'm sure it's a bit lighter because of the thin and slippery paint job. It might not be for everyone, and to my credit I generally prefer a gloss finish, but for those who really want the aged or "pure" thing, you can't go wrong here. This guitar is a true Strat in every other sense... I can only say so much before I start repeating the same mantra. The Highway One is well designed and feels like a Strat when you pick it up... always a good sign!

Getting a good sound out of this guitar really isn't hard... I love the tone of Strats and this one is no exception. The nitro finish does make things a little bit different, but the difference is only really noticeable if I'm looking for it. The alnico pickups in this guitar are a bit hotter than most Strat pickups, but that's not a detriment to the pure tone that the guitar should and does deliver.

SOUNDS

I've tried this guitar through various different amps, most notably Fender and Mesa Boogie, as those are my preferences when I want to hear how a guitar sounds and hear it sound GOOD. This guitar sounded better overdriven than clean to my ears, but that might have just been that particular one. That isn't to say that the clean tones were bad... I just found them to be a little bit too overbearing at times... the certain understated quality that I look for in a Strat's clean tone wasn't quite there as much with this one. I'm sure it has to do with the hotter pickups in there, which is fine, as many players are using higher gain rigs with Strats nowadays anyway. The cleans were fairly gutsy and heavy sounding, breaking up the amp's preamp quite low on the gain scale. Definitely an excellent choice for blues or certain mellow/lite rock.

The drive tones were certainly a sound to behold! To say I had fun playing Eric Johnson's "Cliffs of Dover" on this guitar was an understatement. When hit with gain, this guitar comes alive. Harmonics just bloom from everywhere and it just sounds thick and righteous overall. When hit with a dash of reverb and applied to a more British amplifier, it was perfect for 80s era Yngwie.

OVERALL OPINION

All in all I feel that the Fender Highway One is a great Strat. For the $700 or so you can find them for new, it's a sheer bargain. Fender has superseded this model with the new American Special, and though I find that guitar to be superior for an all rounder... it doesn't quite have the viscous and raunchy overdriven persona of the Highway One. Definitely worth checking out!
moosers09/21/2010

moosers's review

Fender Highway One Stratocaster [2006-2011]
The Fender Highway One Stratocaster is a newer version of the classic Stratocaster, offering players an American made Strat at a very reasonable price. It's definitely the cheapest Stratocaster that is made in the USA that you'll find out there, and it still has pretty much the same make up as a traditional Strat. It's got three single coil pick ups, a whammy bar, a five way pick up selector, and a volume and two tone knobs. As any experienced Strat player will tell you, this is pretty much the standard make up. Of course it doesn't share all of the same parts are a standard American Strat, but it's pretty close considering the difference in price.

UTILIZATION

The playability of the Fender Highway One Stratocaster definitely passes the Strat test. It's got a great feel to the guitar, and is definitely easy to play. I didn't have a standard Strat available to shoot it out with, but judging from past experiences I would say that it's a pretty close feel to a standard. Perhaps it isn't quite as fluid, but it's hard to tell without playing them back to back. Using the control knobs is super easy as this is the make up that most players will be familiar with for sure.

SOUNDS

The tone of the Fender Highway One Stratocaster is smooth and creamy, just as you'd expect from a Fender Stratocaster. Again, without shooting out this with a standard Strat back to back it's hard to tell, but I was definitely impressed with the overall sound of this guitar. Like all Strats, it's a very versatile guitar, as you're going to get some very different sounds between the three pick ups. Great for playing both lead and rhythm parts, this is pretty much the ideal sound for a guitar give or a take a bit.

OVERALL OPINION

The Fender Highway One Stratocaster is the perfect guitar for those players who are looking for a well built guitar that sounds great, but who don't have the money to drop on a top of the line Stratocaster. This is really a great alternative, as it's made in the USA and is put together extremely well. It's the cheapest American made Strat, and while I'd recommend going with a standard if you're able to, if you're not this is a fine substitute. The Highway One is pretty much the perfect mid level electric guitar.
Audiofanzine FR03/15/2009

Audiofanzine FR's review

Fender Highway One Stratocaster [2006-2011]
(Originally written by silvenard1/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
USA/Mexico! Very good overall finish (I checked every detail).

22 frets, three alnico single-coil pickups.

Fender vintage vibrato.

UTILIZATION

Very pleasant neck (I previously tried out seven or eight US Strats and this one was the most comfortable).

Rather easy, typical Strat access to the upper frets.

The guitar is quite light (no heavy Floyd Rose tremolo or locking system).

It sounds wonderful like many other Strats, except maybe very high-end models.

If you're looking for the Strat sound, don't hesitate to buy it!

SOUNDS

I think you can use this guitar for almost every music style depending on the setting, the effects and the amp.

I personally have a Peavey Bandit 112 and a Yamaha DG Stomp pedal... Everything is possible (except Slayer and other extreme stuff...)!

The bridge pickup produces a very twangy and biting sound. Combined with the center pickup, it becomes less aggressive. The middle pickup gives good results for funky rhythm parts but it still sounds twangy. The second pickup combination provides very unique sound landscapes, and the neck pickup is great to play Yngwie Malmsteen solos.

Each pickup combination produces a different sound. It's incredible!

OVERALL OPINION

I changed it for a more expensive guitar and this Highway Strat gives me a better sound quality and more versatility than the previous one.

I've owned many Strats with every single pickup combination (two Seymour Duncan humbuckers, two P90, a DiMarzio HSH combination, two EMG humbuckers, etc.) and this one is the most versatile (even though some others sound better for hard rock and heavy metal... ;-)

Very good value for money. I would buy it again.
MGR/Anonymous11/23/2004

MGR/Anonymous's review"Fender Highway 1 Stratocaster"

Fender Highway One Stratocaster [2006-2011]
I bought mine at a local dealer for around six hundred out the door.

I own three strats. Two are American Standards and one Highway 1. The Hwy 1 has the best sustain and tone of all three. I much rather prefer it's vintage style trem
over the new style because it feels lively and bouncy in comparison. (which is good because I really pound the strings.)I think I'll try to trade one of my Americans in on a cheaper Hwy 1.
I dont believe the Americans are worth the extra $300 - $400.

All three of my strats have severe cracks in the same place...that piece of wood that seperates the neck joint and the front pickup routing (under the pickgaurd). I can understand it on my Hwy 1 because I really abuse it on the road, but my Americans hardly leave the cases. Oh well, thats why there Elmers wood glue...

I actually stripped the finish off exposing the natural wood and it looks great. The neck joint is really tight too. The neck and frets are awesome. The Hwy 1 feels a little lighter than my Americans, which is good after 4 sets.

I believe the Highway 1 strat is the best buy in there line-up. It's great for blues, country and classic rock.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Guitar Joe04/01/2004

MGR/Guitar Joe's review"Fender Highway 1 Stratocaster"

Fender Highway One Stratocaster [2006-2011]
I went to Guitar Center to purchase a small practice amp and found this blonde USA made strat on sale for their Green Tag sale at $370. I could not pass it up.

I honestly like everything on this guitar, I usually play Les Pauls, but this one has made me switch to Fender. It is light in weight, and the action after a professional setup is fantastic. It has an extremely fast neck and a great tremelo and good sustain. It sounds like a dream to me.

nothing, for $370 for an American Strat, you find a better deal.....

Made in the U.S.A. by Fender, say no more.

I would have paid twice as much for this guitar.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/CKMANNER02/01/2004

MGR/CKMANNER's review"Fender Highway One Stratocaster"

Fender Highway One Stratocaster [2006-2011]
I bought the guitar at World Music in Nashville for $399. The people there are great.

The guitar was a demo model. It is in great condition, but I'm sure it had been on the showroom floor for a while.

This guitar is in transparent cocoa (it's not a really attractive color) with a maple fretboard.

An American-made Strat for $399!!! That's only about $50 more than a Mexi-Strat.

The guitar is in great condition. The people at World Music set the guitar up. No buzz, no rattles.

The most important thing is sound. And this puppy sounds great.

I don't really like the cocoa color. No big deal.

Fender cuts costs by using a thinner finish. But it does give the guitar a "vintage" look.

Perfect. I can't find any flaws. The neck is bolted in tight. The neck is smooth and comfortable.

I fully intended on buying an American Standard Strat. But when I saw the Highway One at $399, I could not justify paying $400 more.

Is the Highway One better than the American Standard? Probably not. The pickups are little harsh, but that adds to the "vintage vibe."

Is it better than the Mexi-Strats? I have played some good Mexican guitars, but these Highway One's have a smoother feel.

This is the best $399 I've ever spent on a guitar.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/edik11/24/2003

MGR/edik's review"Fender Highway Stratocaster"

Fender Highway One Stratocaster [2006-2011]
I was passionate for a fender U.S.A the Highway Stratocaster, it was in bonners eastbourne and cost £599

The highway strat is the cheapest U.S.A built fender but by no means the worst

The quality is a world above the mexican made fenders and a breath away from the standard series. The neck used for the neck is top knotch and all nuts and bolts firmly in place

classic design for a cheaper price made by the best guitar company

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Nick 11/07/2003

MGR/Nick 's review"Fender Highway Stratocaster"

Fender Highway One Stratocaster [2006-2011]
I had been playing the eletric guitar nearly a year now and the magic and intense feeling of power and fun that it gave me had not worn off. I had a Squier Standard and though satisfied seeing a fender made me green with envy. I was passionate for a fender U.S.A but knew that with the cheapest being around £800 it would be a long time before my chacne to purhase one arrived. This is when i saw the Highway Stratocaster, it was in bonners eastbourne and cost £599 i played it and couldnt put it down and next week is was mine to keep.

Well, if you want a Fender built guitar made in the U.S.A a classic vinatge style guitar it has to be a strat. The highway strat is the cheapest U.S.A built fender but by no means the worst. I play Eric Clapton and Blink 182 riffs with it and it suits them both briliantly. The quality of sounds is amazing; juicy, warm, mellow or twangy and bright. The Laquer finish which is what makes it so cheap gives it a class look. The best bit about the guitar though is the neck which fits so snuggly and perfectly your hands feel alive. Highly Recommended if you want Style, Class, Sound and the name.

Next to nothing, this is a brilliant buy and unusually for guitars you have gained high quality for a lesser amount of money. The only thing i noticed is that the tone knobs can be slighly loose and that the finish can dent easily but if you are careful it darkens slowly in time and once played on for about 4 months improves drasticlly.

The quality is a world above the mexican made fenders and a breath away from the standard series. The neck used for the neck is top knotch and all nuts and bolts firmly in place. You really get the feeling you are holding more than the amount you pay for it.

So to sum it up, if you want a guitar with character, thats a classic design for a cheaper price made by the best guitar company then this is tyour guitar. Whatever you play soon it'll become the olny guitar you want and can match i think even the deluxe series. An Amazing guitar the best Value for Money ever!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com